PipeChat Digest #18 - Thursday, July 31, 1997

(back) Subject: Re: Bach and Tempo From: MFulk70776@aol.com Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 00:58:21 -0400 (EDT)   In a message dated 97-07-31 00:16:20 EDT, you write:   << At 08:23 PM 7/30/97 -0400, you wrote: > What knaws at me is the "given" of a >steady uniform rhythm. t >just seems to me there are so many episodes that cryout to be slowed down to >really savor the harmony, melody, whatever. Why would this be in such bad >taste. >> Knowing that this, IMHO, is, in the main, a matter of taste, let me say that I agree with you so deeply.......yes they cry *out* to be slowed down to savor, savor. I am so pleased to know that I have company. Thank you for helping to make my day. Mike Fulk  
(back) Subject: Re: Bach and Tempo From: PHarri5833@aol.com Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 02:09:21 -0400 (EDT)   Take it from this amateur to another fellow amateur, flexibility of tempo is as important a device in Bach as in Chopin.   There are times when a varying tempo could be damaging, e.g. during the driving rhythm of a toccata, though even here phrasing is needed and if that leads to a slight relaxation of the tempo for a moment - so what!   Bach's chorale preludes, especially the more reflective ones, cease to be music for me if played without flexibility of tempo.   It is impossible for me to know if such ideas are entirely "authentic" - several sources have indicated that they could be. However, it doesn't matter to me, even if they and I are entirely wrong!! Everyone's sense of good taste is bound to be different and if the tempos I use myself and hear in others suit my idea of what is tasteful, then they'll do for me. After all, I'm not selling these ideas as some sort of holy writ. All can take them or leave them!   Peter Harrison Emmanuel Church, Ramsbottom, GB  
(back) Subject: Wanamaker's From: Otto Pebworth <opebwrth@gte.net> Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 02:45:09 -0400   Is the big hurrah still on for this Saturday at Wanamaker's???